Step Into A Fairy Tale With A Visit To This Otherworldly Wisconsin Park

Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area is one of the most gorgeous spots in all the state. This was Wisconsin’s first State Natural Area, established in 1952. Though it’s located in Devil’s Lake State Park, it’s not accessible by car from the park.

One of the most visited spots in Wisconsin, this is also one of the places most in need of protection. Susceptible to flooding, waters washed away vegetation and mosses in 2008 and 2010. The walkways and boardwalks that have given access to Parfrey’s Glen often get washed out. But instead of sticking to the spots that are still accessible – walkways and the stream – folks are trampling the shores, denuding the area and compacting the mud, ruining the habitat and removing signs so future folks will continue to do the same.

This is a truly magical area with rock that dates back 500 million years. It would be a shame to ruin an area that has survived so much.

Here’s a look inside this gorgeous spot that we encourage you to visit, but also treat with kindness, as you do everywhere else in the state. This is a special spot and should be enjoyed, but with care and caution so that it can be around for millions more years to come.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

Parfrey’s Glen is located at 1377 County Rd DL, Merrimac, WI 53561. You can learn more about it on the state DNR website here. Vehicles require an $8 day pass or a $28 yearly pass. More information on state fees can be found here.

Have you been to this gorgeous state location? What’s your favorite part? Let us know in the comments!

Did you know you can volunteer to help at Parfrey’s Glen and Devil’s Lake? Check out this link for more details on how to keep these spots beautiful for generations to come.

Looking for more Wisconsin sites that are out of this world? Amnicon Falls State Park is full of millions of years of history and feels like you’ve entered another world.